Seven Years Ago, UNITE Here and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters slammed Cintas Corp. with accusations of race, national origin and gender discrimination. The unions convinced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to lodge similar charges against the company, which is the largest uniform provider and industrial launderer in North America.

A year later, the unions enlisted plaintiffs firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland to file a nationwide discrimination class action against Cintas. By then, the NAACP and members of the congressional black and Hispanic caucuses had jumped on the unions’ bandwagon.

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